This week in The Times: Michelle Palmer and Roxanne Lawrence

Michelle Palmer, 27, and Roxanne Lawrence, 27, are co-owners of R & M Commercial Cleaning. Both Palmer and Lawrence are Rockford natives and graduates of Jefferson High School. When not busy with their new business venture, they both enjoy spending time at home with their children and families.

1. If you could choose any elected official – local, state or national – to speak with one-on-one, who would it be, and what would you say? If we could speak with any elected official, it would most likely be Rockford’s mayor, Larry Morrissey (I). We would ask what his future plans to improve our city’s economic welfare are. We would also ask what his short-term, immediate and long-term goals are to correct the current downturn we have in the employment market, the loss of businesses and the ailing housing market.

2. If you were to move away from the Rock River Valley, what three things would you miss the most? If we were to move away from the Rock River Valley, the things that we would most miss would be, first and foremost, the many relationships that we have built. The family, friends and business associates that we have met and been inspired by. Second, we would miss the convenience of our new Chicago-Rockford International Airport. How many cities can boast about having their own airport so close to home? Lastly, we would miss the hard and high-quality work that the city council provides.

3. In your opinion, what could be done to improve safety in Rockford schools? We believe that, to improve the safety in Rockford schools, it should be mandatory for police officers to be present at all times. We think that they should provide these officers with police dogs. Another way to improve the safety would be to install metal detectors at the entrances of the schools.

4. In light of our current economic climate, how could businesses benefit from hiring R & M Commercial Cleaning? In light of our current economic climate, businesses would benefit from hiring us due to the guaranteed lowest prices. This would reduce the companies’ overhead costs with our low rates and high quality of services. Businesses would save money by not having to hire full- or part-time employees, pay workers’ compensation, unemployment or health insurance for the employees. These funds can then be better utilized towards more important business concerns.

5. Question from last week’s “This week in The Times” participant Courtney Oertel: What do you think has been the most significant event of the year, so far, which did not happen in the United States or include the United States government? Why is this significant? We believe that the most significant event of the year was the swearing in of the first female prime minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir, in Iceland on Feb. 1, 2009. We think that this is the most significant because of the fact that it is the beginning of their country becoming unbiased.

“This week in The Times” is a weekly survey of people selected by The Rock River Times staff. The column does not accept unsolicited submissions.

From the November 18-24, 2009 issue

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